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West Wing Story: The Affordable Care Act

December 17, 2013

political-facebookSometime during the government shutdown, I quit posting about politics on Facebook. It was pointless. I wasn’t going to change anyone’s mind, and most of the vitriol being fired from left and right was fueled by the contentious Affordable Care Act. Politics and religion, right? Don’t talk about those. I also found out there’s a third rail of verboten social commentary, and that’s to dare criticize Patriots coach Bill Belichick, but that’s not important right now…

The ACA, or “Obamacare,” depending on your political bent, is law, and both individuals and businesses are trying to comply with it while the Jets and the Sharks keep dancing with knives in Washington.

FT-PT reportKronos is right in the middle of it because our systems hold the data employers need to figure out what employees must be offered coverage. The data requirements are a bit of a moving target because the business reporting rules have not been finalized, but our FT-PT Analysis Report for Workforce Central systems can give employers visibility to both the critical look-back analysis and the current status of full-time and part-time employees.

As a special bonus, during my research for this post, I found the very useful Top Ten Hot Topics for Employers in 2014, and this morning learned that Kronos is sponsoring a Workforce Magazine webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 2 p.m. ET, Political Malpractice: The Impact of the ACA on American Employers. The title seemed to tip a political hand, but the intro goes more middle ground:

“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – or “Obamacare” as its opponents refer to it – is either the greatest piece of social legislation in the history of the United States or an abomination inflicted on the American public that will ultimately destroy our health system. Stanley Hupfeld (Chairman, INTEGRIS Family of Foundations INTEGRIS Health) dissects that health system and exposes the fallacies and prejudices of both political parties. Hupfeld explains that, if we are willing to make hard choices, we can indeed cover the uninsured, control costs and not bankrupt the country.”

Now I’m going to post pictures of cats on Facebook…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ron permalink
    December 17, 2013 2:41 pm

    I know you would be disappointed if I did not chime in…

    Perhaps the discussion (or lesson) that needs to be measured is.. just how effective is our government (or any government) at determining a need and implementing it or how easy is it to make everyone happy?

    At what level can things be micromanaged?

    We sometimes forget.. during WWII, tenders usually circled Aircraft Carriers or Battleships. Their simple assignment and the bigger picture was to get in the way of any torpedo’s….

    Who wants to take a cruise?…


    Oh, we did need to move forward, we needed an ACA of some kind….. hold on to the baby as you throw out some bathwater!

  2. December 17, 2013 3:15 pm

    Hi Ron, and thank you for commenting. As I’m now apolitical, especially on the (work)blog, I’ll just say I’m glad I don’t drive a “tender” for a um, living.


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